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Monday, June 11, 2012

Sharapova all the Way Back from Injury; Wins Career Slam

Maria Sharapova was dominant at the 2012 French Open. She handled surprise finalist Sara Errani and completed the career grand slam. The new #1 in the world has retaken her place at the top of the WTA tour and should be a threat for years to come.

The French Open site posted a brief, but very nice piece on Sharapova the champion. The post references Sharapova's excellent mental game.

Maria Sharapova, French Open Champion and All-Time Great

Sharapova, despite some struggles in recent years, is becoming once again the best and most consistent player on the tour. Her trademark focus and tenacity set her apart from many of her opponents. Sharapova has consistent habits and routines that allow her to stay focused and be ready to play her best most points. She also displays good positive energy like bouncing on her toes or a reserved fist pump, and gives off very little negative body language. Sharapova, more than most of her opponents, is willing to hit out on the ball under pressure.

Sharapova has come all the way back from a major shoulder injury that could have ended her career. Despite bumps on the road back to greatness, Maria remained dedicated to training and believing in her self. Now it has paid off with the career grand slam. Congratulations Maria!

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